2 pedestrians hit by bricks that fell from Fall River building

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Two men were injured Tuesday after loose bricks fell off the roof of a building in Fall River.

Police said they responded just after 11:45 a.m. to reports of a building collapse on South Main Street. They arrived to find the two men, ages 25 and 34, had been hit by bricks while walking past the building.

Both men were taken to Rhode Island Hospital, according to police.

At last check, the 34-year-old was in critical but stable condition, while the 25-year-old is in stable condition, police said.

Nuno Souto tells 12 News he was working on the roof when it happened and had tried to secure the bricks prior to the incident.

“It was very loose,” he recalled. “I tried to secure the stone and move it out of the way, but then we took off the stone and the whole thing fell off.”

Souto was the first person to rush and help the two men, one of which appeared to be knocked unconscious.

“I looked over and saw one guy get hit and I ran down so fast,” he recalled.

Throughout his 31 years in construction work, Souto said he’s never seen anything like this.

When construction began on Monday, Souto said the entire sidewalk was blocked off. He said since they weren’t working on the front of the building Tuesday, the sidewalk was reopened.

Fall River police and fire are now investigating the incident, along with the city’s building inspector and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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